Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
What did you like about the book? The story creatively walks a fine line between encouraging Priscilla’s creative free expression and passion for gorillas but balances it with rules for appropriate social interaction in her classroom and with her teacher Mr. Todd. Eventually Priscilla remembers that gorillas are social animals that get along with others, and she adjusts her behavior to match. It was a charming empowering girl tale, with realistic parents and teacher Mr. Todd delivering great punch lines in this comical story. The artwork was so engaging and expressive that the gorillas leapt and danced off the pages.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Primate lovers, naturalists and children that love animals.
Who should buy this book? Elementary School librarians, gift shops at any zoo.
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture book
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Date of review: 4/28/17